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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (754 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benazir Bhutto Narrator: Rita Wolf Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, who finished writing this extraordinary book just days before her assassination, comes a groundbreaking vision of how to bridge the widening gap between the Islamic world and the West.

Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan in October 2007, after eight years of exile, hopeful that she could be a catalyst for change. Upon a tumultuous reception, she survived a suicide-bomb attack that killed nearly 200 of her countrymen. But she continued to forge ahead, with more courage and conviction than ever, since she knew that time was running out—for the future of her nation, and for her life. In Reconciliation, Bhutto recounts in gripping detail her final months in Pakistan and offers a bold new agenda for how to stem the tide of Islamic radicalism and to rediscover the values of tolerance and justice that lay at the heart of her religion. After reading this book, it will become even clearer what the world has lost by her assassination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Benazir Bhutto will go down in history as a courageous leader who risked—and lost—her life in the service not only of her nation, but of values shared by us all. Anyone interested in Pakistan, democracy, or Islam should read this fascinating and important book.”

    Joe Biden

  • “This is one of the most gripping and important books of our era. It's a brilliant manifesto for challenging radical Islam. Benazir Bhutto was an intense but charming woman driven by a crucial mission. Her death makes this beautiful book all the more poignant, and also more necessary.”

    Walter Isaacson

  • “This book is an eloquent reflection of traits which defined the life of Benazir Bhutto—an unshakable optimism about the future, a firm belief in the power of dialogue, and a commitment to democracy. The strength of her message of hope underscores how much was lost in her tragic death.”

    Nancy Pelosi

  • “Benazir Bhutto's book is a powerful and insightful analysis of the formidable challenges that confronted an extraordinary woman who paid the ultimate price for daring to attempt to bring democracy to Pakistan. President Kennedy would have called her a Profile in Courage.”

    Ted Kennedy

  • “This is a courageous and powerful answer to hatred and intolerance, written by an extraordinary woman. Reading Benazir Bhutto's Reconciliation shows just how much we lost with her death. You'll finish it and mourn for what might have been.”

    Arianna Huffington

  • “Pakistan has become the critical battlefield in the so-called war on terror. Reconciliation is the story of a courageous woman and her struggle for democracy and moderation in Islam. Benazir Bhutto, not the extremists who killed her, represented the vast majority of Pakistani Muslims.”

    Peter Galgraith

  • “It is impossible to understand today's world without knowing Pakistan; and impossible to understand Pakistan without reading this book. A courageous woman-tragically killed-speaks to us of reconciliation. We owe it to her—and to ourselves—to listen, comprehend, and act.”

    Madeline Albright

  • “This is a must-listen for anyone who wants to understand the history of the troubled relationship between the Muslim world and the West.”

    AudioFile

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angela | 2/12/2014

    " Amazing to compare Bhutto's discussion of international politics with say, Palin. I guess you have to dumb it down to stay alive! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/12/2014

    " This new book by Bhutto was finished days before her assassination. The first 2/3 are a bit wonkish (unless you were a Government & International Studies major like me) and self-serving, but the last part has some good ideas and insights about the future of the Islamic world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ariana | 1/24/2014

    " A brilliant woman with a message of hope and inspiration. I'm not sure I agreed with her thesis, as well defended as it was, but her perspective on the Middle East and world politics is invaluable. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janelle Gilbert | 1/21/2014

    " Well spoken middle-eastern world view of the conflict between Arab Muslim interests and the West. "

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About the Author
Author Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007) was the prime minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1996, as well as the chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party. Born in 1953 in Karachi, she was the first woman ever to lead a Muslim state. She lived in exile from 1999 until her return to Pakistan in October 2007, two months before her assassination.